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Student painting close-up.

At Salisbury, our Art courses provide a place for you to unearth your creative potential and give voice to big ideas. In a warm and welcoming environment, our curriculum explores technique and skill building, theoretical and hands-on activity, and artistic ways to problem solve.

ian johnson, Chair of the Art Department

Close up of a boy painting on canvas.


arts offerings
for every student

Our department offers both the inquisitive beginner and the seasoned artist an elective that is customized to his interests. More than just a creative outlet, our lessons in art literacy encourage students to consider the broader implications of art in today's society.

In addition to the studio courses offered during the academic day in fine arts, music, and digital media, we provide time for extracurricular participation in drama, music lessons and ensembles. The Ruger Fine Arts Center and Field Music Center are accessible twenty-four hours a day and students are encouraged to take advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities during their free periods.

Art student in digital printing.
Printmaking Studio

With two presses and plenty of well-ventilated space for rolling out inks, this studio is an effective space for relief and intaglio printing.

Two students and instructor in Woodworking class.

The woodshop is well-equipped, both with power and hand tools. The shop itself has ventilation and vacuum systems which keep airborne dust and wood chips under control.

Students and art instructor paint large scale dog project.
Drawing and Painting Studio

Bright and airy, this space is multi-purpose, used for drawing or painting, or when needed, for the construction of large scale sculptural and installation projects.

Student at pottery wheel.
Pottery Studio

Set up for earthenware, stoneware and raku clay are electric potter's wheels, a slab roller, extruders, hand tools and electric kilns as well as a gas-fired “top-hat” kiln for raku firings.

Four boats nearing completion in Boatbuilding class.
Boatbuilding Studio

This well-equipped space is used to create wood-epoxy, sea kayaks and other small wooden boats.

Black and white photo history board from class project on display in Tremaine Gallery.



tremaine gallery

This gallery, dedicated in 2001 by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and members of the Tremaine and Collins families, is primarily used to display student artwork. In addition, works by faculty members and school community members have been featured, including recent shows by alumni artist Nicholas Sant Foster '60, former faculty Rich Perry, Matt Wesson '20,  and our Black History in Rural Connecticut class' "Salisbury in Black and White" exhibit.

The Tremaine Fine Art Gallery is located in the lower level of the Centennial Building.  It is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when school is in session.

For further information about the Tremaine Fine Art Gallery, contact gallery coordinator Roger McKee '72 at rmckee@salisburyschool.org or 860-435-5824.


The William E. Buehner Digital Media Lab

Outfitted in 2015, the William E. Buehner Digital Medial Lab is home to the latest in digital media technology, all available to our students taking one of several digital media courses.

The Field Music Center

The Field Music Center contains three teaching/practicing rooms, two large ensemble rooms and state-of-the-art music-computer lab, allowing for the composition, ear training, theory and recording and producing of music in all genres. The School is also fortunate to have three grand pianos, including a Steinway.

Ruger Fine Arts Center

The Ruger Fine Arts center is a beautifully lit, spacious studio fully equipped to increase a boy's awareness of the visual world. Each space is full of tools to craft furniture, pottery and prints as well as supplies for drawing and painting as well as a Photography Dark Room for developing 35mm prints.